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By Charles Bernstein

"Verse is born loose yet all over in chains. it's been my venture to rattle the chains." (from "The Revenge of the Poet-Critic")

In My Way, (in)famous language poet and critic Charles Bernstein deploys a large choice of interlinked forms—speeches and poems, interviews and essays—to discover where of poetry in American tradition and within the collage. occasionally comedian, occasionally darkish, Bernstein's writing is irreverent yet continuously correct, "not structurally challenged, yet structurally challenging."

Addressing many interrelated matters, Bernstein strikes from the function of the general public highbrow to the poetics of scholarly prose, from vernacular modernism to idiosyncratic postmodernism, from identification politics to the resurgence of the cultured, from cultural reports to poetry as a functionality paintings, from the small press circulation to the internet. alongside the way in which he offers "close listening" to such poets as Charles Reznikoff, Laura using, Susan Howe, Ezra Pound, Allen Ginsberg, and Gertrude Stein, in addition to a clean point of view on L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E, the journal he coedited that grew to become a fulcrum for a brand new wave of North American writing.

In his passionate security of an activist, cutting edge poetry, Bernstein by no means departs from the culturally engaged, linguistically complicated, but frequently very humorous writing that has characterised his new angle to poetry for over two decades. supplying a few of his such a lot bold paintings yet—essays in poetic traces, prose with poetic motifs, interviews miming speech, speeches veering into song—Charles Bernstein's My Way illuminates the most recent advancements in modern poetry with its personal contributions to them.

"The results of [Bernstein's] provocative groping is extra stimulating than many books of both poetry or feedback were in fresh years."—Molly McQuade, Washington publish e-book World

"This booklet, for all of its centrifugal job, is a novel but globally proper point of view at the literary arts and their associations, provided in reliable religion, but cranky and poignant adequate not to be simply ignored."—Publishers Weekly

"Bernstein has emerged as postmodern poetry's sous-chef of insouciance. My Way is one other of his wealthy concoctions, fortified with mind and professional with laughter."—Timothy grey, American Literature

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